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November 30, 2005

Arts Prize Saves Work of Disabled Sculptor

The work of a disabled sculptor who died in August will be saved thanks to a prestigious arts award.

Adam Reynolds will be posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this Thursday's DaDaAwards ceremony

Sculptor Adam died in August 2005, aged just 45. The award will not only recognise the significant contribution that he made to disability arts in the UK, but the £500 prize money will save one of his sculptures from being lost forever. The cash will enable the sculpture to be moved from its present home in Birmingham to Devon, where its future will be secure. Adam's long-time friend Laurie Peake of Liverpool's Biennial arts festival will accept the award on his behalf.

The DaDaAwards, which take place at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool, are held as part of the deaf and disability arts festival, DaDaFest. The festival, which is now in its fifth year, is co-ordinated by North West Disability Arts Forum (NWDAF), and funded by the Liverpool Culture Company, Arts Council England and the Granada Foundation.

The ceremony will be hosted by Anne Cunningham and Natalie Markham from comedy group, the Nasty Girls, who will be joined by fellow comic Laurence Clark. Musical entertainment will be provided by singer Minika Green, who is set to perform a blues and jazz influenced set.

Ruth Gould, creative director at NWDAF, said: "The fact that the North West has so many deaf and disabled artists worthy of recognition is a credit to the strength of the region's arts scene.

"Over the past five years we have seen DaDaFest develop into a major festival, attracting visitors from across the UK and beyond, and I look forward to continuing to build on this success as we approach European Capital of Culture in 2008."

DaDaFest runs until December 3 2005 at venues across Merseyside.

November 29, 2005

Cross Media Theatre Workshop Opportunities

From the Capital of Culture Visual Arts Team...

builders association

The Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 presents as a part of City in Transition Programme:


Celebrating its 11th anniversary, THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION is a leading New York-based performance and media company that exploits the richness of contemporary technologies to extend the boundaries of theatre. Based on unusual collaborations and extensive periods of development, The Builders Association’s productions feature a seamless blend of text, sound, architecture, video, and stage performances that explore the impact of technology on human presence.

Workshop information:
The workshop will alternate Builders “discussion sessions” with “work time” for the participants. Discussion sessions will revolve around the increasing incorporation of media in performance, its effect on contemporary theatre, and the political and social implications of the ‘mediatization’ of culture. We will also spend time on some practical matters: sustainability/connections/networking/touring, here and abroad and strategies for developing work. The workshop will require participants to actively engage in the contribution to each other’s projects. This engagement will be facilitated by the workshop leaders in consultation with each participant on the development of their project. Workshops participants will present documentation of their own work and discuss their practices within the context of cross Media Theatre.

Workshop Practicalities:
Weds 26th April - Sat 29th April 2006 from 9am - 5pm
(Friday 28th April 9am - 1pm only)
The workshop will be held at FACT (The Box)

Full Details here

November 28, 2005

Liverpool's Christmas Lights run on Bio-fuel.

My endless trawl of the internet in search of items relating to Liverpool art and culture unearths all kinds of bits and pieces. Here's one I spotted today, I knew that the council were encouraging people to do more recycling this Christmas but hadn't realised that the lights are being powered entirely from Bio-fuel made from vegetable waste.

There's a critical typing error in this Lighting & Sounds magazine report though..

The Bio Fuel that ruins these generators is made from reprocessed vegetable waste. It's 100 per cent natural, gives off no nasty emissions or exhaust fumes and is environmentally friendly. They consume about the same volume of fuel than diesel machines. "This is the first time we've had these available" says Grant, "And we are all keen to use them where possible in the future".

Lots of techie stuff if you're into lighting and sound, e.g...

Sound consisted of a Funktion One Resolution 5 system - eight elements a side, with two Res 4 infills, Turbo 450 wedges for monitors and a Midas Venice FOH console run by Francoise Lemoignan. Audile used their new Sennheiser 935 radio mics for the first time in an 8-way system.

Eh? Turbo wedges?

November 25, 2005

Sayers - new Official Partner to 08 Capital of Culture

I like the quote from the Sayers guy "You can't be inspired on an empty stomach, and we are all set to feed the visitors with our award-winning savouries and sandwiches." Last time I looked they didn't have any vegan-friendly savouries or sandwiches, ah well.

Liverpool's favourite retail baker Sayers has become an Official Partner to the European Capital of Culture 2008, in a deal which gives the events programme a massive promotional boost.

Sayers has over 220 shops across the North West, Yorkshire and North Wales and, as part of the agreement, each one will display information about Capital of Culture events.

In addition Sayers' delivery fleet, which covers millions of miles each year, will be liveried with Capital of Culture branding, adding to the exposure the events will receive.

Over 30 million people visit Sayers shops each year and by putting information about cultural events into their hands the company believes it will deliver enormous value to Liverpool over the next three years.

The great majority of visitors to Capital of Culture events will be from people within 90 minutes' drive of Liverpool, which perfectly matches the locations of Sayers shops.
Full article.

November 24, 2005

DaDaFest Starts

A musical based on the Thalidomide controversy will open this year's deaf and disability arts festival in Liverpool.

The show takes an uncompromising - and humorous - look at the drug, charting its use from the 1950s to the present day. Written and composed by Mat Fraser, and staring Kate Winslet's sister, Anna, it arrives in Liverpool mid-way through a nationwide tour.

It's just one of the events taking place as part of DaDaFest, which is co-ordinated by North West Disability Arts Forum (NWDAF), and funded by the Liverpool Culture Company, Arts Council England and the Granada Foundation.

The ground-breaking festival celebrates in fifth anniversary this year, with a varied programme that aims to bring deaf and disability art to the forefront of the region's cultural scene.

DaDaFest 5 features a huge range of events and activities, ranging from a deaf culture celebration which offers discounted admission to non-sign language users, to a family fun day at Sefton Park Palm House. NWDAF will also be holding a series of workshops at their office on Bridport Street, allowing participants to sample activities including digital photography and creative writing.

The festival runs from November 24 to December 3 2005 at venues across Merseyside. Full listings follow below. For more information, visit the North West Disability Arts Forum's website:

November 21, 2005

Art of Living Event - December 1st

From Liverpool Culture Company...

The Art of Living

Date: Thursday 1 December 2005, 9.30am - 3.45pm

Venue: The Royal Court Theatre, 1 Roe Street (central Liverpool)

Alison Atwell, Motivational Speaker
Alan Yates, Chief Executive of Merseycare NHS
Kathy Heywood, Project Manager for the Liverpool Culture Company Friend Ship Programme
Julie Hanna, Creative Health and Well Being manager, Liverpool Culture Company

The event aims to address the health agenda, focussing on the "Self help concept", linking in with the Liverpool Feel Good Initiative to develop the future '08 programme for health and well being.

The Art of Living event is an opportunity to consider what things contribute to our sense of well being with an emphasis on the links between creativity and well being. The event itself creates opportunities for fun and laughter, both of which perhaps we need in abundance to help us along on this journey.

The event is FREE, but to reserve a place you must RSVP as soon as possible to:

November 19, 2005

Liverpool takes culture plans to Brussels

From the Lverpool Culture Company...

The Liverpool Culture Company is taking its plans for 2008 to the heart of Europe.

On Wednesday, culture and city council chiefs will host a high-profile reception in Brussels to launch its Business Plan in front of an influential European audience.

The Liverpool Culture Company's artistic director, Robyn Archer will outline the city's ambitions for a stunning Capital of Culture year to MEP's and top European Commission officials. The TV celebrity chef, and Deputy Chairman of the culture company, Loyd Grossman, will be hosting the event

Councillor Mike Storey, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said: "Liverpool was awarded Capital of Culture by the European Union, so it's only fitting that we keep Brussels informed of the great things we have planned for 2008.

"This event will be an opportunity to raise Liverpool's profile on the continent, and showcase our plans to give Europe the best-ever Capital of Culture year."

The 400 guests will be treated to a taste of Liverpool's outstanding cultural talent, with a performance by musical ensemble, Tarang, who will play a selection of north and south Indian music. Tarang is part of Milap Festival trust, which was launched in the city ten years ago as a music festival and has since developed into a regional and national force in South Asian arts.

The Business Plan details how a massive £95m is to be spent on the 2008 celebrations - one of the biggest amounts ever spent by a Capital of Culture city. More than 90 per cent of the funding needed has already been secured, including a major contribution from private companies. The budget allocates £26m for investment in stunning art and cultural venues in the city, while £12m is to be spent on promoting Liverpool as a premier European city to a national and international audience.

Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, Professor Drummond Bone, said: "Our Business Plan sets out how we will deliver Liverpool's cultural plans up to and beyond 2008. We are taking our vision to Europe for the first time since winning the Capital of Culture title. There is an economic miracle taking place in Liverpool, with millions of pounds being invested in new jobs, industries and in arts and culture.

"Capital of Culture is helping transform the city into a dynamic and modern European city, which will have an incredible impact on the prosperity of Liverpool for years to come."

November 18, 2005

Row Yer Boat

Via Liverpool08 website...

Redgrave in TV quest to create rowing stars

Five times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave faces possibly his biggest challenge yet - turning a squad of youngsters from Liverpool into top class rowers.

The sporting legend has taken up the challenge of transforming eight lads into rowing stars to compete at the highest level of the sport in Britain - and take on the experts at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Now the search is on in Liverpool to find 40 boys willing to go through the initial fitness and aptitude tests at a location in the city on 30 November.

November 17, 2005

Paul Newman to Head Culture Company PR

From PR Week..

Former FA comms chief Paul Newman has landed the top PR job to promote Liverpool’s European City (sic) of Culture status in 2008.

He has become comms director at Liverpool Culture Company (LCC), which this week put two £150,000 accounts – for PR and public affairs – up for tender.

The LCC is responsible for preparing the city for its culture status and is funded largely by Liverpool City Council, with extra backing from government and commercial partners.

Newman, who was most recently consultant director at Benchmark Sport, reports to LCC chief operating officer Jason Harborow. The culture company's PR was previously managed by the council's press office.

The PR agency will be briefed with raising the profile of the European Capital of Culture 2008 and positioning Liverpool as a good place in which to invest, live and work. The PA brief concerns support from MPs and opportunities for extra funding.

This summer, LCC took on Weber Shandwick for PR and LLM Communications for PA, both of which are retained until January. It expects to draw up a five-strong shortlist for the fresh contracts in the new year.

November 15, 2005

Roger McGough Interview

Emma Brockes interviews Roger McGough for The Guardian November 14th 2005

Roger McGough likes to think he is the model for what his fellow poet, Wendy Cope, calls a Tump: a Typically Useless Male Poet. He can't drive. He is indecisive - or rather, he is accused of being indecisive and denies it ("If I decide to be indecisive, that's my decision"). He broods. He is impractical. When he sits down to write, he thinks, gloomily: "Just what the world needs, another book of poetry." With fondness he supports Cope's conclusion: "Bloody useless."


Liverpool08 Business Club Launched

'Want to know more about doing business in the Capital of Culture? Want your business to thrive here? Want to expand your cultural horizons? Get involved in 2008 celebrations? This is the place. Look around, see what's here for you. Then JOIN now. You also get the 08 businessconnect member logo. It's easy, and its FREE. No catches. Priceless.'

See the website

November 14, 2005

Plans revealed for slavery museum

From BBC website...

The city of Liverpool is to have a museum dedicated to its role in the transatlantic slave trade.
National Museums Liverpool said it followed the success of the Transatlantic Slavery Gallery at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The £10m project will centre on the former dock traffic office.

Liverpool was regarded as the principal slave port in Europe by the 1740s and the trade contributed much of the city's wealth during the 18th Century.

A museum spokesman said it was hoped phase one would finish by 2007, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of Britain's slave trade.

The museum will feature dynamic displays about the story of the transatlantic slave trade.

November 12, 2005

Cains the Beer of Culture

from Daily Post...

Cains Brewery in £1m Culture sponsor deal
Nov 11 2005

EXCLUSIVE by Sam Lister Daily Post Staff
CAINS Brewery is to be unveiled as a key backer of Liverpool's reign as Capital of Culture in a £1m deal, the Daily Post can reveal.

Brothers Ajmail and Sudaghara Dusanj are to become the seventh sponsors of the 2008 celebrations after two years of negotiations.

The firm will also be the first to be named as an official supplier, which means their beers will be at all culture company events over the next four years, including the Mathew Street festival.

Every can and bottle produced at the Stanhope Street brewery will be stamped with the 08 logo and all promotions as well as the Cains pubs will market culture events.

November 09, 2005

Christmas Lights Switch On - November 20th 2005

xmaslights2004.jpgThe Liverpool Christmas lights will be turned on this year (2005) by Sir Steve Redgrave, the 5 times Olympic gold medal winning rower. He will be joined by a couple of footballers and there will be live music from some of the young pop-scene's worst.
It all happens on St Georges Hall Plateau on Sunday November 20th. 2005 from 17.00 - 18.30

via liverpool08 website

Update: for 2006 see here

November 05, 2005

Liverpool Heritage DVD

from (full story)

The Liverpool Culture Company, which is responsible for the city's European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008, has devised a two hour walk and listen guide to the city's top 16 must-see heritage attractions.

For just a £15 deposit visitors will be able to navigate the World Heritage city's 800 year history equipped with a free guide and a digital trigger which activates a DVD within panels installed at the attractions.

The Heritage Audio Tour of Liverpool will be available in seven languages. It will enable visitors to tour the city at their own leisure and hear all about some of Liverpool's famous buildings, people and places - from the fab four and the builders of the Titanic, to the world's first commercial dock to Britain's biggest cathedral.

The digital innovation is the latest phase of a £1 million campaign called 'Connecting Liverpool' which has revolutionised the look of the city's street signage, way finders and heritage plaques as the city gears up to welcome an expected extra 1.5 million visitors in 2008.

The DVD's will be installed in December 2005 for testing and are planned to be available in January 2006. The digital pack will be available at the city's 08 Place, hotels and attractions. Walkers have the option to return the trigger with money back or keep it and use it again and again.